Willetha King Barnette grew up near the Sandhills of North Carolina near Fayetteville. From an early age, she learned the lessons of sharing, caring, mutual support, and community service. Some call her a kinkeeper. She has worked in educational environments for more than 35 years, starting with an international organization providing professional support to the life insurance industry, and later at various colleges, universities, and private secondary institutions. She has been a hospice volunteer, a guardian ad litem, and an advocate for cancer patients. She is active in organizations dedicated to curing breast cancer and Crohn's disease, as well as improving services to the aged and disabled. Her special passion is advocating for family caregivers, unsung and unpaid heroes who provide 70% of all care given to our country's ill, elderly, and disabled persons.
The Caregiver’s Secrets is not a testimonial. It is a reflective account of her 20+ year experience as a caregiver for an aging parent. The book emphasizes both the enormous scope of the demographic challenge facing America and the poignant details of coping with day-to-day caregiving responsibilities. The book aims to “open up” the experience of caregiving. The narrative touches on many key challenges and dilemmas facing families and their aging loved ones, including difficult discussions about end of life decisions and the changing nature of the health care delivery system. The Caregiver’s Secrets includes tips and helpful advice for practicing caregivers as well as those who are destined to become caregivers whether they know it or not. It attempts to span the general and the particular, connecting the dots within a complex and hidden, but increasingly important sector of American life.
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